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Posted by: Joe Freaney {No contact email}
Location: Ireland
Date: Monday 21st November 2016 at 2:51 PM
Hi Alan

Once again, thank you so much for all the fantastic information you have provided recently. FYI, I have recently made a small donation to your chosen charity.

I would be much obliged if you could check out another George Doherty, No 42465, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Regards

Joe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 21st November 2016 at 7:53 PM

Dear Joe,
No individual service record has survived for George Doherty so it is not possible to state his wartime service. The Army medal rolls recorded he served as a private soldier initially with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles (11274) then the 1st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (42465) followed by an unidentified battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers (35355). Each of the regimental numbers is a typical war-service five-digit number. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star for service overseas before December 31st 1915, he did not go abroad until some date after January 1st 1916. He appears to have survived the war.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Judith Lowe {Email left}
Location: Prescot
Date: Monday 21st November 2016 at 2:48 PM
Dear Alan
Thank you so much for the work you have done on Thomas and Lilliot. All this is brilliant information about our soldiers who convalesced at Oakdene Hospital.2 more of our soldiers are:
1. H Greethany?? B. S. Y ?? R.F.A. 22nd November 1915
2. Corp. A. Lockwood - 2nd Manchester Regiment

Any information will be wonderful.

Regards
Judith Lowe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Monday 21st November 2016 at 8:52 PM

Dear Judith,
H Greethany?? B. S. Y ?? R.F.A. – Surnames beginning with Greet were Greet, Greetham and Greethurst. The latter is rare so the surname was probably Greetham. B.S.Y. would probably be B.S.M. while R.F.A. is Royal Field Artillery.
There was a Henry John Greetham who was a Battery Sergeant Major (B.S.M.) in the Royal Field Artillery who entered Egypt on 19th July 1915 and probably served at Gallipoli shortly afterwards. In the 1911 Census he was recorded as a 28-year-old married corporal in 144th Battery R.F.A. at Wellington Lines, Aldershot. The Battery was stationed at Carlow and Ballinrobe, Ireland, in 1908 and had returned to Woolwich by 1914.
Henry John Greetham was born on June 12th 1882, the son of Henry Augustus Greetham, a bookseller, and his wife, Alice, of 25 Queen Street, St Marylebone. He was baptised on 7th January 1883 at St Luke’s, Marylebone. He had married Clara Louisa Brigg at St Ann’s Church, Tottenham on April 11th 1903, which was the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. He was a 22-year-old bachelor of the Royal Artillery.
After being at Oakdene he returned to service but was reduced to the rank of sergeant on 1st November 1918 for inefficiency. He served until his term of engagement was time expired on 5th August 1921.
He qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal. It has not been possible to state where he served throughout the war.
It appears his first wife, Clara Louisa, died in 1925. Henry then married Edith Holloway in 1925. They had the White Hart Inn the village of Burbage, in Wiltshire, not far from Salisbury Plain. Henry John Greetham died on 25th August 1930, aged 48.
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A casualty list published in the ‘Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser’ on Friday 28th May 1915 included 16 names from the 2nd Battalion The Manchester Regiment, among them Lockwood, 2742, Acting Corporal (©Local World Ltd via British Newspaper Archive). Lockwood 2742 was Albert Lockwood of the Manchester Regiment. He went overseas on 16th March 1915 and would have been part of a draft of reinforcements to the 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment which was already in Flanders with the 5th Division. The Division fought at the second Battle of Ypres and notably in The Battle of Hill 60 (17th April – 7th May 1915) that took place near Hill 60 south of Ypres. After being at Oakdene he was transferred to the Labour Corps (375365). It has not been possible to identify his service in the Labour Corps. Albert Lockwood was demobilized on 11th February 1919 and qualified for the 1914-15 Star, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Cheryl Scott {Email left}
Location: Scotland
Date: Sunday 20th November 2016 at 8:46 PM
Hi, on clearing out my father in laws house following his death we came upon some medals from , i assume, his father. there are 4 medals , one is the bronze mons star, the victory medal and the British war medal. the last has Afghanistan 1919 with the crowned Kaiser head on it. Ive managed to work these out but I cant find any history of the chap, the info on the back of the mons star is 3437 pte R W Scott. 5-D GDS. Im really interested to see if anything could be found out about him from that please as my daughter and I play in a RBL pipe band which is going to visit the battlefields next year, I would like to be able to tell her some personal history . Thank you in anticipation :) cheryl
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 20th November 2016 at 11:10 PM

Dear Cheryl,
This was Richard William Scott. No individual service record has survived for him so it is not possible to state his wartime service. The Army medal rolls recorded he first served with the Princess Charlotte of Wales’s 5th Dragoon Guards and went to France on 14th October 1915. The regiment had gone to France on 16th August 1914 with the 1st Cavalry Brigade, so Richard would have been part of a draft of reinforcements. He ended the war as Private 101313 in the Machine Gun Corps (Cavalry). His squadron in the M.G.C. is not identified but Chris Baker’s website, The Long, Long Trail, states that No 1 Squadron was “formed 28 February 1916 for 1st Cavalry Brigade in 1st Cavalry Division. Machine gun sections taken from 2nd and 5th Dragoon Guards and 11th Hussars”. See:
http://www.1914-1918.net/mgccav.html
See also:
http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/order-of-battle-of-divisions/1st-cavalry-division/
In Afghanistan, William served with 15th Squadron Machine Gun Corps.
“15th Squadron was part of the 6th (Poona) Cavalry Brigade and was formed from (originally) the MG Sections of the 14th Hussars, 21 Cavalry and 22 Cavalry. It went back to India in July 1918, [although there were some men in Mesopotamia in October 1918]. Most of the Indian machine gunners were replaced by men of MGC (Cavalry) sent out from the UK.” (http://wiki.fibis.org/index.php/Machine_Gun_Corps)
The Afghan Medal is the India General Service Medal with clasp for “Afghanistan N.W.F. 1919” (North West Frontier). William was transferred to the Reserve on 21st February 1920.
The British maintained troops on the former North West Frontier of India where the Khyber Pass led to and from Afghanistan, through mountains threatened by rival tribes. The collapse of Russia and the rise of Bolshevism in Russia led to a substantial British and Indian force being deployed in the region to secure the Indian frontier in 1919. The medal bears on the reverse the fort of Jamrud which commands the Khyber Pass eleven miles from Peshawar, now in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The obverse had the head of King George V of Britain with the legend Georgius V Kaisar - I - Hind which was the title "Emperor of India" in the vernacular of the Hindi and Urdu languages.
After 1920, William’s contact address was recorded as Hare Moss, Selkirk.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Cheryl Scott
Date: Friday 25th November 2016 at 10:55 AM

Wow ! thank you so much- you are good ! i struggled to find the ribbon colours :/ !
I'll let my husband see this as well as the children :)
Posted by: Young Buzzard {Email left}
Location: Newton Abbot
Date: Sunday 20th November 2016 at 12:10 PM
Hello Alan,
Can you help me to understand the service in the Royal Navy of William James Pengilley No 310762 born in Ashburton 27.8.1887. He seems to have enlisted for 12 years in September 1906 but I don't know if he completed this service or if he left and then re-enlisted at the beginning of the Great War?. Thank you in anticipation for your help.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Sunday 20th November 2016 at 6:55 PM

Dear David,
William James Pengilley left the Royal Navy on 6th April 1908, despite having signed-on for 12 years in 1906. His discharge “Whither and for what Cause” was ‘shore purchase’ which meant he was discharged to shore by purchase. Those men who wished to purchase their discharge and were of good character and could show sufficient cause for the request were allowed to do so.
From the England census, William appears to have been illegitimate, living with a single mother. A “natural born” William James Pengilley, whose mother was Mrs Pengilley, Orley House, Ashburton, Devon, England, had emigrated to Australia. He enlisted on 11th January 1915 and served as a private, 1419, with the 15th Infantry Battalion A.I.F. embarking on 13th February 1915 at Brisbane on HMAT A48 “Seang Bee” (His Majesty's Australian Transport, leased from Lim Chin Tsong, Rangoon). William was wounded at Gallipoli and he was returned to Australia on 29th July 1915. You can view digital images of his service record at:
http://www.naa.gov.au/collection/explore/defence/service-records/
Click on World War 1 and then World War One Service Records. Name Search by surname; click or tap on “display” results; click on the correct file and then “view digital image” in the top right corner.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Alan Grundy {No contact email}
Location: Lincolnshire
Date: Saturday 19th November 2016 at 4:03 PM
Hello Alan,
I am wondering if you may be able to shed some light on the owner of a Victory Medal which my cousin found at North Thoresby which is near Grimsby in Linc's. He was Private Herbert B Land, Nnumber M2/194472 of the Royal Army Service Corps. This Medal was discovered using a Metal Detector in a field which is going to be built on. Thankyou for your help again.
Alan.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 19th November 2016 at 10:23 PM

Dear Alan,
No individual service record has survived for Herbert Land so it is not possible to state his wartime service. The Army medal rolls recorded he was Herbert Bert Land. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. As he did not qualify for the 1914-15 Star for overseas service before December 31st 1915, he did not serve abroad until 1916 or later. The M2 prefix to his regimental number indicated he was in the Mechanical Transport branch of the Army Service Corps. He would have trained a Grove Park in London before going overseas.
A Herbert Bertie Land was born in 1887 at Kilburn in London and was recorded in the 1911 census as a locomotive fireman lodging with a G.W.R. engine driver at 75 Medina Road, Greet, Birmingham, Warwickshire, the home of Jane Bishop, a lodging house keeper.
Herbert survived the war.
With kind regards,
Alan

Posted by: Judith Lowe {Email left}
Location: Prescot
Date: Friday 18th November 2016 at 2:21 PM
Dear Alan
Thaks so much for the information about the last two soldiers I sent to you. I received your reply last evening.
Two more soldiers that we are interested in are:
1. Lefe H Thomas 6907 2nd The Buffs. Wounded at Ypres May 2nd 1915

2. Frank L Lilliott?? Lilbolt?? 3rd Rifle Brigade. Very uncertain about this surname.

Any information will be most gratefully received
Kind Regards

Judith Lowe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Saturday 19th November 2016 at 12:46 PM

Dear Judith,
The Dover Express of Friday 4th June 1915 listed Pte H. Thomas 6907 of The Buffs among the wounded (© Trinity Mirror via British Newspaper Archive). This was Lance-corporal Henry Thomas who had enlisted originally in the Royal West Kent Militia at the Barracks, Maidstone, in November 1898. Henry was 5ft 6ins tall; with a fresh complexion; blue eyes and brown hair.
Henry was born in 1880 at Bredgar, Sittingbourne, Kent, the son of William and Susannah Thomas. From the Militia he served with the Royal West Kent Regiment (6452) on Malta from 4th January 1900 to 9th June 1901. He served with the 1st Battalion The Buffs (6907) from 28th March 1903 to 5th March 1910 when he transferred to the Reserve. He re-engaged with The Buffs at their Depot at Canterbury on 5th March 1914. He was with their Special Reserve and was mobilised on 5th August 1914 moving to Dover. He was posted to the 2nd Battalion The Buffs on 26th December 1914 three days after they had returned to England from India. The 2nd Battalion had been stationed in Wellington, Madras, and sailed from Bombay on 16th November 1914 and landing at Plymouth on December 23rd 1914. The Battalion then joined 28th Division at Winchester and sailed from Southampton for Havre on January 17th 1915. They fought at the Second Battle of Ypres 22nd April – 25th May 1915.
Henry Thomas was appointed a Lance-corporal on 16th April 1915, although his official rank remained as a Private. On 3rd May 1915 he received gunshot wounds to the head and breast. He was returned to the UK on 11th May 1915.
He was administered by the 3rd Battalion The Buffs at Dover from 25th August 1915 and he was eventually transferred to the Royal West Surrey Labour Company on 2nd March 1917 before being transferred to the Labour Corps (126725) where he joined 301st Reserve Labour Company at Thetford, Norfolk, on 11th May 1915. On 5th July 1917 he was posted to France and stayed at the Labour Corps Base Depot until he was posted as a corporal to 186 Labour Company. Henry was promoted to Sergeant on 6th November 1918. He was transferred to the Reserve on 25th February 1919. His character was “exemplary”.
Sgt Henry Thomas qualified for the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.
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Private Frank Lilliott served in the 3rd Battalion The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own) regimental number Z/56, indicating he was a pre-war Special Reservist at the outbreak of war.
He was Frank Lewis (or Louis) Lilliott, born at Notting Hill, London, in 1891 the son of William Lilliott, a paperhanger, and his wife Amy Caroline (née Spinks) of 196, Portobello Road, Kensington, London. Frank became a clerk and at the age of 17 he joined the Territorial Army enlisting in the 10th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment (Paddington Rifles). The Paddington Rifles were disbanded on 31 May 1912.
Frank Lilliott joined the Special Reserve of the Rifle Brigade and went to France as part of a draft of reinforcements on 27th October 1914. He served with the 3rd Battalion until he was wounded.
Once recovered, he was posted to the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade and then the 9th Battalion Rifle Brigade. He was presumed killed in action on or since 3rd May 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial. He qualified for the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Paul Crook {No contact email}
Location: Haslemere
Date: Friday 18th November 2016 at 1:52 AM
Dear Alan

Have just discovered some paperwork about one of my relatives but it quotes 11 O.C.B next to his service number. Have you any idea what that could mean.

Thanks

Paul Crook
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Friday 18th November 2016 at 12:34 PM

Dear Paul,
No 11 Officer Cadet Battalion at Pirbright where cadets trained to be officers.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Judith Lowe {Email left}
Location: Prescot
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 10:08 PM
Dear Alan.
Thank you for the work that you have done on finding information about soldiers Donahoe and Russell. I really did not expect us to find anything about either of them.
Tow soldiers that I also hold little hope of finding anything about are:
1. Cpl W Evans wounded at Loos October 13th 1915
2. Ser. Major: Maurise Iguue???? 87th Royal Irish Fus 27th June 1915

Kind Regards
Judith Lowe
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Thursday 17th November 2016 at 4:41 PM

Dear Judith,
The most probable candidate for Cpl W. Evans was Corporal William Evans, 1695, of the 6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment. His name was included in a very long casualty list of wounded men from the Battalion published in the Birmingham Daily Post on 8th November 1915 as “Evans 1695 Cpl W.” (©Trinity Mirror via British Newspaper Archive). He appears to be the only W. Evans in the casualty lists of 1915 that would follow in the aftermath of The Battle of Loos (25th September – 8th October 1915). The fighting in the Loos area on 13th October 1915 was at the Hohenzollern Redoubt (Hohenzollernwerk) near Auchy-les-Mines, the commune adjacent to Loos-en-Gohelle. Following the Battle of Loos the 9th (Scottish) Division had captured the strongpoint and then lost it in a German counter-attack. The British attack on 13th October failed and resulted in 3,643 casualties, mostly in the first few minutes. In the British Official History, J. E. Edmonds wrote that “The fighting [from 13–14 October] had not improved the general situation in any way and had brought nothing but useless slaughter of infantry”.
Corporal Evans had gone to France with the 6th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment on 3rd March 1915. After his wounds healed he was transferred to the Durham Light Infantry (54319) where he served in the 11th and 8th Battalions D.L.I.. He survived the war.
He qualified for the 1914-15 Star; The British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
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It has not been possible to identify a Sergeant-major named Maurise or Maurice in the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Young Buzzard {Email left}
Location: Newton Abbot
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 12:31 PM
Hello Alan,
Can you help, I need information in respect of Ernest Oliver Townsend a private in the Devonshire Regiment Service number 202009. I have been researching servicemen from far and wide only to discover this soldier may have lived in the house opposite mine 100 years ago. Any information will be greatly appreciated . Thank you
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 7:52 PM

Dear David,
Ernest Oliver Townsend was born on 15th September 1889, the son of John and Jane Frances Townsend of Stouts Cottage, Bunhill, Widecombe-in-the Moor, Exeter, Devon. His father was an agricultural labourer and his mother was a monthly nurse. Ernest was recorded at Stouts Cottage in the 1891 and 1901 censuses. John Townsend died in March 1910 aged 63. In 1911, Ernest was living with his widowed mother at Newpark Cottage, Widecombe Ashburton, Widecombe-in-the Moor. He was a general labourer, aged 21.
Ernest married Susan Warren at Widecombe in 1916.
Only a medal rolls entry exists for Ernest in the military records. Ernest served overseas with the 1st/4th Battalion Devonshire Regiment. He did not go overseas until after January 1917, as the details for his service medals showed only his six-digit Territorial Army number which would have been allotted in January 1917 indicating that was his number when he went abroad. The 1st/4th Battalion Devonshire Regiment was in Mesopotamia in 1917 and was stationed at Amara on the River Tigris defences and along the lines of communication. They ended the war based at Baquaba, north-east of Baghdad. Ernest was demobilized on 6th May 1919. He qualified for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
After the war Ernest returned to gardening and agricultural work. In 1939 he and his wife lived at Windwhistle Cottage, Poundsgate, near Newton Abbot.
Ernest and Susan’s only child and son, Herbert Leslie Townsend was fatally injured when a car was in collision with his motorcycle on a bend in the Cullompton to Exeter road one rainy evening on July 17th 1939. Herbert was aged 19 and had been returning to his lodgings in Exeter after visiting a girlfriend at Cullompton. Herbert died in hospital from his injuries on July 18th. At an inquest the jury returned the verdict the death was accidental but had been caused by the negligence of the car driver, although it was not criminal negligence.
Ernest appears to have died in 1946.
With kind regards,
Alan
Posted by: Sean Clemenson {Email left}
Location: London Uk
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 6:08 PM
Good evening,

My name is Sean Clemenson and I am the Research Specialist & Digital Content Manager for the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Heritage & Education Centre. If you haven’t heard of us, we are the custodians of Lloyd’s Register’s library and archive, offering its resources to the public for free. Our purpose is to enhance public understanding in marine and engineering science and history.

Last week, ahead of Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday, we launched our brand new First World War crowd sourcing project – HEC needs you!

The project aims to uncover any information regarding the 15 members of staff named in our First World War Memorial at 71 Fenchurch Street. Using materials from our archive, the Heritage & Education Centre team have published the employment and military information of the 15 members of staff that are named in our First World War memorial. The severe loss of life during the First World War often means that the individual lives of those that fought are forgotten. However, the team realise that our archived material, whilst offering a unique glimpse into the past, can only tell so much.

Subsequently, we’re contacting any regimental military groups, heritage centres, ancestry groups asking for any information regarding these 15 men:

1. John E Davis – Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery
2. Ernest Grainger – Private, 7th Battalion Middlesex Regiment
3. William Greig – Private, 14th (County of London) Battalion – London Scottish
4. William F Hutchison – Sergeant, 10th Battalion Essex Regiment
5. Clifford J Macey – 2nd Lieutenant 28th Couny of London Regiment, Artists and 1st Battalion Dorsetshire Regiment
6. Archibald MacLean – 2nd Lieutenant, King’s Own Scottish Borderers
7. Reginald J Prescott – 2nd Lieutenant, 18th Battalion Lancashire Fusilliers
8. Joseph E Russell – 2nd Lieutenant, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
9. James H Sandhall – 2nd Lieutenant/Captain, Royal Garrison Artillery
10. Joseph C Smith – Honourable Artillery Company
11. Charles T Squires – 2nd Lieutenant, 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment
12. J Henry A Walker – Private, 7th Battalion, Essex Regiment
13. Maurice G Wells – 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Field Artillery & Royal Horse Artillery
14. Leslie G West – 2nd Lieutenant, 5th Battalion, London Rifle Brigade
15. Maurice G Boyer – Captain, 116th Heavy Artillery Regiment

If you think our project would be of interest to any of your associates, please do not hesitate to circulate this email. Furthermore, if you would like to find out more about the Heritage & Education Centre’s activities/resources/events, please visit our website. Alternatively, you can also find us on Twitter, Facebook & Vine.

If you'd like to visit the HEC needs you! webpage, please copy this URL into your web browser address bar: www.lrfoundation.org.uk/public_education/Staff-bible-project/

If you have any enquiries about the project please contact me directly via email.

Many thanks & kind regards,
Sean.
Reply from: Alan Greveson
Date: Tuesday 15th November 2016 at 11:50 PM

Dear Sean,
The majority of the names you have were those of commissioned officers who service files are held at The National Archives at Kew. See:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/british-army-officers-after-1913/
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William Greig was Private William Greig, 1644, who enlisted in the part-time Territorial Army’s 14th County of London Battalion (London Scottish) on 1st April 1912. William left London and went to France with the 14th Battalion on 16th September 1914 where the Battalion served under G.H.Q. Troops. On October 31st 1914 the Battalion attacked trenches on the Messines – Wytschaete road. From 8th to 13th November they lost two officers and about 70 men. In November 1914, they served under the Cavalry Corps and on November 14th they were placed in Corps reserve with 1st Brigade. At 4 a.m. on 16th November 1914, the day William Greig was killed, the 14th Battalion marched from a wood, at Hooge, to Westoutre, passing through Ypres and Vlamertinghe. It appears William was killed while on the march, understandably as many men were killed by the shelling of Ypres as they marched through.
William qualified for the 1914 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
William has no marked grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. He was aged 24 when he died, the son of Robert and Sarah Greig who lived at 183 East Dulwich Grove, London.
In the 1911 England census, Robert and Sarah Greig were recorded at that address with their family of eight children. The father, Robert, was a shirt manufacturer. The 21-year-old William was a Lloyds Register Clerk (Classification of Shipping) the seventh child.
With kind regards,
Alan
Reply from: Sean Clemenson
Date: Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 3:43 PM

Thank you for the message Alan. I do plan on getting to TNA at some point. By all means if you know of any other individuals/groups who may be interested in our project, please let them know!

The project homepage can be viewed here: www.lrfoundation.org.uk/public_education/Staff-bible-project/

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